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Monday, June 22, 2015

25 - Dinner Menu - 8 June 1936

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Story so far: Grandma Cecile was on her way to visit her relatives back in her home village of Nieder-Mohrau, Czechoslavkia. She had crossed the country by train, from Oregon on the Pacific coast to New York on the Atlantic coast. The Europa, a ship with the North German Lloyd ship line, was carrying her across the Atlantic.

Some of Grandma Cecile's souvenirs from this trip were menus from meals onboard the ships. She had only one saved from the trip going to Europe. If she saved more than that, they are gone. If she did save them originally, perhaps she gave them to her siblings. Or perhaps she was being thrifty with space in her suitcase, and didn't want to have to lug them all around Europe. In any case, only one survived from her journey east. There are more from her trip back home.

Here is the dinner menu from Monday, June 8, 1936:

Front cover of the menu
On the top of the front cover, "Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen," means "North German Lloyd, the ship line.  "Bremen" may refer to the home port of the North German Lloyd, or possibly to the other ship that was very similar to the Europa.

Underneath the print of a sailing ship, "Meerestille" translates to "Calm At Sea".

Inside, the menu is written in German on the left side and in English on the right. Courses are divided into categories of Hors d'Oeuvres, Soups, Fish, Meat Dishes, From the Grill, Salads, Cold Dishes, Vegetables, Potatoes and Sweets. Children could have shredded wheat with cream - presumably very small children. Apparently if you were still hungry after 10 pm, you could still order tea and sandwiches. No one should have gone away hungry with that menu!

Some menu items sound delicious - Roast Sirloin of Beef with Gravy, New Stringless Beans & French Fried Potatoes. On the other hand, Calf's Kidneys on Toast with Water Cress might have been for the more adventurous appetite, especially if the sea was rough!

Below the menu is the ship name, date and "Tourist Class". First Class must have had a different menu. Last, there is an advertisement for the Olympics. "The entire management of the "Olympiad Village" in Berlin for the Olympiad sportlers is in the hands of the North German Lloyd" "Sportlers" must refer to the athletes.

The back page is blank.

To see the menu, just click on the image.

Inside: German on left, English on right

Story to be continued......
To read Post "26 - Letters From Betty & Stella - 9 June 1936" Click here

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